Sci-Tech

Robo-crib highlights infant safety at technology show

  LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AFP) — A robotic crib with a mission of preventing sudden infant death syndrome made its appearance this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, part of a growing “baby tech” exhibit. Snoo cribs, made by the …

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AI beats human breast cancer diagnosis

By Patrick Galey PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — A computer programme can identify breast cancer from routine scans with greater accuracy than human experts, researchers said in what they hoped could prove a breakthrough in the fight against the global killer. …

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Huawei says ‘survival’ top priority as sales fall short

By Jing Xuan Teng BEIJING, CHINA (AFP) — Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said Tuesday that “survival” was its top priority after announcing 2019 sales were expected to fall short of projections as a result of US sanctions. The global leader …

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Apple, Google, Amazon eye common standard for smart home devices

  (AFP) — Amazon, Apple and Google announced plans Wednesday to develop a common technology standard for smart home products, in a move aimed at enabling more connected devices to speak to each other. The move aims to bring together …

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Sanctions-hit Huawei plans components plant in Europe

By Jürgen Hecker (AFP) — Chinese telecommunications group Huawei is working on a plan to build its own components at a site in Europe, its chairman told AFP, as the 5G leader strives to overcome US sanctions. President Donald Trump …

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Did it keep its flavour? Stone-age ‘chewing-gum’ yields human DNA

By Laurence Coustal (AFP) — Danish scientists have managed to extract a complete human DNA sample from a piece of birch pitch more than 5,000 years old, used as a kind of chewing gum, a study revealed Tuesday. The Stone-Age …

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First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

  By Alia Dharssi VANCOUVER, CANADA (AFP) — The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their …

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Polish firm’s drones, from lifesaver to invisible model, take to the skies

by Michel VIATTEAU MIKOLOW, Poland (AFP) — Silently the eight propellers of the Hermes V8MT drone begin to spin and the large yellow aircraft rises up, locates its direction and moments later disappears into the sky in southern Poland. Today …

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Facebook and associated platforms report outage

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AFP) — Facebook suffered an outage Thursday because of what it called a software problem, hindering access to the social platform and its other apps such as Instagram. As of around 1800 GMT they had been down …

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Scientists spot black hole so huge it ‘shouldn’t even exist’ in our galaxy

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said Thursday. LB-1 is 15,000 light-years from Earth and has a mass 70 times …

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China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission

HUAILAI, China (AFP) — China on Thursday completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing’s first mission to the red planet slated for 2020. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space program, with hopes of having …

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The voyage home: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe will leave orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System. Science and Education …

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